Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon 1 V2

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon 1 V1

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

64

Nikon 1 V1

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.5 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 V1.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
107×76×40 mm vs 113×76×44 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 10 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 46.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
346 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The V1 has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
Weight
Slightly lighter
294 g vs 352 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$380.00 vs $780.20
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2.1x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              PowerShot G15240 fps
              V11,200 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15922k dots
              V1921k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot G15Tunnel
              V1Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              PowerShot G151/4000s
              V11/16000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              V121.3 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              V111 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15165 ISO
              V1346 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              V154.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $408

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $418 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $518

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $974

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $403 body only

              $747 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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